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MARCH ONLINE NEWS EDITION
Students participated in different activities near the cafeterias
Students from Habitat for Humanity fundraise by selling homemade hats and scarfs near Schenley Cafe in the William Pitt Union
Students in Solidarity offer free fair trade coffee next to the Starbucks Coffee in the Cathedral of Learning during the afternoon hours. They tell university administrators in dialogue with them that they have permission to be there.
Ryan Lacey, manager of C-side Marketplace looks on as a student decorates her cupcake during Valentine's Day dinner at the Towers
A Student in
Solidarity member interrupts customers as they are about to enter the Cathedral
Cafe to give them a brochure and have them sign a Living Wage petition without
asking permission from the Cafe's management if he could be at the premises
soliciting. Photos by Ramesh C.
Photos by Ramesh C. Reddy
Bread for the World promotes hunger awareness
Have you ever
played the alphabet game with the food in your waste can? Neither had I until I
spent an afternoon in the C-side/Eddies dish room, scraping the wasted food from
the students’ plates into the garbage. While reminiscent of my summer job,
this experience was indeed unique. I was participating in the Food Waste Survey
taken by our campus chapter of Bread for the World (BFW).
Thankful for an apron and
rubber gloves, I gradually eased unto my task. As Sodexho employees wheeled the
familiar carts full of cluttered trays into the room, fellow BFW members and I
went to work collecting all the edible leftover food in trashcans.
Then our efforts went toward
helping to ready the dishes for the commercial dishwasher that meant sending all
the paper and liquid remains down a pressurized stream of water where it was
churned into a shredded mass of conserved volume.
Amidst the moist air scented
by dirty dishes and food scraps, the purpose of the project came alive for me.
In the end, in approximately 3 hours, we collected 229 pounds of
food waste. This number standing alone does not provide enough perspective, but
in clearing off the plates it became much more for me. The full platters of food
that slid into the garbage represented our luxury to take food lightly.
In fact, taking issue with food waste represents how fortunate
we are with our overabundance of food. However, the reality of hunger somberly
counters our excess both in this community and around the world.
In dealing with this harsh
reality I am glad to identify with Bread for the World, an organization that
strives to end hunger through awareness, education and lobbying. More personally
though, I seek to view food more as a gift and less as a certainity in the hopes
of reducing my own careless waste of a precious commodity. I invite you to join
me in my endeavor. We would love you to join us at the Bread for the World
Banquet scheduled for April 01, 2002.
Habitat for Humanity fundraises with creativity
Habitat for Humanity
sold homemade hats, scarves, and other items to support our
spring break trips in February at the Schenley Cafe. All the items were
made by students and ranged in price from $5.00 -$12.00.
Students from the University
of Pittsburgh’s Habitat chapter went on one of two trips through Habitat for
Humanity International, a non-profit organization dedicated to illuminating
The trips this year were to
Robbins, Tennessee and Oklahoma City, Oklahoma where students helped volunteer
their talents to help build houses.
We meet on Tuesday evenings at 8:30 p.m in Posvar Hall, 1p56
and we can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org